Framing Young Children’s Oral Health: a Participatory Action Research Project Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Collins, Chimere
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Division of Allied Dental Education, Dental Hygiene Master's Program
  • BACKGROUND: The project sought to understand what parents of young children consider important and potentially modifiable factors and resources influencing their children’s oral health, within the contexts of the family and the community. METHODS: This qualitative study employed Photovoice among 10 English-speaking parents of infants and toddlers who were clients of an urban community clinic in North Carolina. The primary research question was “What do you consider as important behaviors and family and community resources to prevent cavities among young children?” RESULTS: Emerging themes included daily life struggles that parents face and that appear to interfere with children’s oral health and care. Financial constraints were pervasive, but parents identified several mitigating strategies involving home care and community agents. CONCLUSIONS: The role of parents/caregivers is pivotal in determining their children’s oral health trajectory. Interventions should take into consideration the role of families and the communities they live in.
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  • Sams, Lattice
  • Divaris, Kimon
  • Zeldin, Leslie
  • Master of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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